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2.4 L Reliablilty - Specifically Oil Dilution

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2017 - 2024 Honda CR-V

I'm considering the purchase of CPO 2017 Honda CR-V AWD LX model, 32,000 miles. This is the base model with the 2.4 L engine that is not included in the infamous "oil dilution" recalls Honda is making. However since this engine does use GDI and is part of the "Earth Dreams (Nightmare?)" series of engines, I wanted to know if there are any reports of similar problems with this engine. My driving habits are 90% long highway commutes and 0% very short ( less than 5 miles) trips. Moderate winter climate (Maryland). Overall the CRV seems like a great vehicle and very reliable, but upon hearing of the woes that the 2017+ 1.5L turbo engine has with gas getting into the oil, I am having second thoughts.

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Response from LectroFuel

6:08 pm November 2, 2019

I don't think you should be worried about the oil dilution. The problem pops up usually when you have short trips in cold weather, but since your engine will be warmed up throughout the entire trip you should be fine. It is otherwise one of the best engines in the segment. Tons of people have this engine in their cars. The Accord, Civic, and CR-V all use it.

If you still are worried, look at the other SUVs like the RAV4, CX-5, and Subaru Forester. The RAV4 should be best for most people.


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Response from NormT

7:58 am July 6, 2020

The new Honda SUVs are ones to not over pay for. Pretty much goes for all modern Japanese as they are not the extra they are charging.

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